BLUE JACKETS (2-1-0) at PANTHERS (0-0-1)
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Goalie James Reimer will start for the Florida Panthers when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets in their home opener at BB&T Center on Thursday.
Reimer played 32:30 in a 2-1 shootout loss against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Panthers' season opener Saturday after replacing Roberto Luongo in the second period. Luongo, expected to be out 2-4 weeks with a knee injury, was placed on injured reserve Monday.
Goalie Joonas Korpisalo will make his second start of the season for the Blue Jackets; he made 18 saves in a 3-2 overtime win at the Detroit Red Wings on Oct. 4.
Players to watch
Blue Jackets forward Artemi Panarin has two goals in three games, each a game-winner.
Reimer was 7-1-0 with a 2.11 goals-against average, .939 save percentage and two shutouts in his final nine appearances last season, but is 2-6-1 with a 3.62 GAA and .891 save percentage in nine games against Columbus.
They said it
"I think they've gotten a lot of confidence out of that run. Although it wasn't successful, I think it built some confidence with some really good players here." -- Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella on the Panthers' finish to the 2017-18 season.
"I've been saying it's almost like football, playing once a week. We're happy to kind of finish up practicing for the week and really start to bear down and start playing some games." -- Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad
Blue Jackets projected lineup
Artemi Panarin -- Pierre-Luc Dubois -- Cam Atkinson
Nick Foligno -- Alexander Wennberg -- Oliver Bjorkstrand
Boone Jenner -- Riley Nash -- Josh Anderson
Sonny Milano -- Lukas Sedlak -- Anthony Duclair
Zach Werenski -- David Savard
Ryan Murray -- Markus Nutivaara
Adam Clendening -- Scott Harrington
Scratched: Markus Hannikainen, Dean Kukan
Injured: Seth Jones (knee), Brandon Dubinsky (oblique)
Panthers projected lineup
Evgenii Dadonov -- Aleksander Barkov -- Nick Bjugstad
Jonathan Huberdeau -- Vincent Trocheck -- Mike Hoffman
Frank Vatrano -- Jared McCann -- Denis Malgin
Troy Brouwer -- Juho Lammikko -- Colton Sceviour
Keith Yandle -- Aaron Ekblad
Mike Matheson -- Mark Pysyk
Jacob MacDonald - Alexander Petrovic
Scratched: MacKenzie Weegar
Injured: Roberto Luongo (knee), Derek MacKenzie (upper body), Jamie McGinn (back), Bogdan Kiselevich (upper body)
MacKenzie, injured against the Lightning on Saturday, is day to day. … MacDonald will be in the lineup again after playing 10:28 and scoring in his first NHL game. … Lammikko will make his NHL debut after being recalled from Springfield of the American Hockey League on Tuesday.
Columbus has a four-game winning streak against Florida and is 15-3-2 in its past 20 meetings. … Florida is 7-1-0 in its past eight home openers.